I’ll bet, that all those who purchased HTC EVO 4G from Sprint recently, have been wondering when and if their brand new superphone will be updated to the latest Android 2.2 Froyo release, that is able to run Flash.
Especially after this Wednesday, after the launch of EVO’s direct competitor – Motorola’s Droid X on Verizon, which was promised to be updated with Froyo in a few weeks.
Here’s some great news to you – Sprint rep. has just posted in their community blog, that they are putting the finishing touches on Android 2.2 version for their network, and should launch the upgrade in the near future. This Android 2.2 upgrade will also be available for Sprint HTC EVO 4G.
The wording of this announcement is pretty interesting, though. What do they mean – ”we’ll be launching Android 2.2 in the near future”? Launching to whom? Notice, how Sprint doesn’t say, that it will be launching HTC EVO 4G Android 2.2 upgrade in the nearest future. Just Android 2.2 upgrade.
On the handsets with customized UIs, like Sense on HTC EVO 4G, Sprint can not just go and launch the OS upgrade by themselves. Smartphone maker – in this case HTC, has to make upgrades to their UI as well.
My guess – Sprint is now finishing their network specific Froyo “optimizations” (like lock down of Wi-Fi hotspot mode), and then will give that OS version to HTC and Samsung, to get their interface shells on top. After that, you can start looking for your Android 2.2 on EVO 4G and, maybe, Hero as well.
Update: Bad news for Hero and Moment owners. Sprint has just tweeted that EVO 4G, and future handsets, launched with Android 2.1, will be updated to 2.2 Froyo. HTC Hero and Samsung Moment will not.
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